Because dropout rates and noncompliance with exposure-based procedures are notoriously high in trauma therapies, effective treatment options are essential. Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFTT) is an evidence-based, short-term individual therapy that has proven highly effective in treating clients with trauma through its emphasis on both narrative and emotion processes.
A fundamental assumption underlying most trauma therapies, including EFTT, is that recovery requires the client to engage emotionally with trauma memories to achieve better affect regulation and self-understanding. EFTT draws upon storytelling as a fundamental aspect of the human experience that permits this kind of engagement with trauma memories, promoting a sense of continuity and self-coherence, and bringing meaning to the client's emotional responses.
Richly illustrated with clinical examples and excerpts from therapy sessions, this book fully integrates theory, research, practice, and training.
I. Theory and Research
1. The Nature of Complex Trauma
2. The Unique Contributions of EFTT
3. Why Client Storytelling Matters
4. A Narrative-Informed Approach to EFTT
5. Assessing Narrative-Emotion Processes in EFTT
6. Principles of Intervention With Narrative-Emotion Processes
7. Cultivating the Alliance: Early-Phase EFTT
8. Two Intensive Case Analyses: Early-Phase EFTT
9. Promoting Self-Development: Middle-Phase EFTT
10. Two Intensive Case Analyses: Middle-Phase EFTT
11. Resolving Issues With Perpetrators and New Story Outcomes: Late-Phase EFTT
12. Two Intensive Case Analyses: Late-Phase EFTT
Afterword: Process-Diagnosis and Marker-Guided Intervention
Appendix: Abbreviated Degree of Resolution Scale
About the Authors